Safety issues shared across industries

The shipping and oil and gas industries have shared their experiences of health and safety issues with the attendees of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference.

Members of the shipping and oil and gas industries have shared their experiences of health and safety issues with the attendees of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference in Townsville.

Representatives from BP Australia and Origin Energy presented key note addresses, which each focused on the importance of a unified workplace safety culture.

Origin Energy executive Paul Zealand said companies needed a whole-of-culture approach to safety.

“There can’t be two cultures within an organisation: one at the workplace and one at the office,” he said.

“Our ability to work together is the key to creating a safe working environment.

“It must start with supervisors, managers and leaders, but each person needs to own the changes that are trying to be achieved.”

According to BP regional shipping manager Captain Brett Whiteoak, both the mining and shipping industries require a diligent focus on safety.

“Strong training programs, comprehensive audits and a culture that is willing to lead health and safety changes are universally important in both industries,” he said.

“Even after the 2000 years since the shipping industry began, we are still learning lessons, but over time we have changed from being reactive on health and safety to being proactive.

“We face similar challenges to the mining industry, least of all trying to attract and retain a skilled workforce.”

Around 600 people have travelled to Townsville for the conference, which ends tomorrow.

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